February 25, 2010

Gorham field hockey player is recovering

— From staff reports

Kayleigh Ballantyne was sore Thursday. And it felt good.

Ballantyne, the Gorham High senior field hockey player, was home resting, one day after being taken off the field in an ambulance after suffering a neck injury in a collision with 5:43 remaining in a 1-0 loss to Cheverus in a Western Class A semifinal.

Ballantyne was taken to Maine Medical Center where, her mother Kim Ballantyne said, she had a cervical spine X-ray and a CAT scan of her head. Both came back negative and Kayleigh Ballantyne was released Wednesday night.

''I'm very sore but that's better than anything else,'' said Ballantyne.

Ballantyne, who suffered a severe head injury five years ago, said she never lost consciousness after hitting the ground but ''I felt woozy and my neck was tingly to my right shoulder.''

She also was hit in the head with a stick in the collision.

''I was worried at first because of the tingling,'' she said. ''I was excited to get the X-rays and CAT scan. The results made me feel much better.''

Ballantyne is regarded as one of the state's top players and has narrowed her college choices to Bryant and Monmouth.

''She's definitely feeling a lot better,'' said Kim Ballantyne. ''She had a headache (Thursday) morning and her neck is sore. But that's it, she's just sore and stiff.''


Brittany Bona and Christina Chase sparked No. 6 Scarborough past No. 3 Mt. Desert Island in the Class A quarterfinals with a 25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 25-19 win Wednesday at Mt. Desert.

Bona had nine kills while Chase added eight. Other standouts for the Red Storm were Caroline Baker with seven kills and three aces, and Laura Suarez with six aces.

Scarborough will play at second-ranked Greely (13-1) at 6 p.m. Monday.

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